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Rating Title/Year Author
Knives Out (2019) Emma Stefansky It's such fun to watch a writer-director like Johnson get to play with all the familiar, cozy tropes before throwing everything out the third-story window. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Ford v Ferrari (2019) Emma Stefansky Mangold's movie doesn't reinvent the wheel, but it sure leaves a pair of steaming tread marks in its wake. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Joker (2019) Emma Stefansky The movie isn't badly made or even ugly to look at, but there's a mean, smug little heart at the center of it that, at best, irresponsibly frames a familiar male power fantasy as a revolutionary act. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Hustlers (2019) Esther Zuckerman When all the pieces of Hustlers come together, you're left realizing just how full an experience this film is. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019) Esther Zuckerman [Marielle] Heller once again proves she is an incredible director of actors. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Marriage Story (2019) Esther Zuckerman The movie's power rests in the hands of Johansson and Driver. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
Uncut Gems (2019) Esther Zuckerman In the end, it all comes back to Howard, who Sandler makes frustrating and captivating in equal measure. EDIT
Posted Sep 12, 2019
It: Chapter Two (2019) Esther Zuckerman The oddest part of Chapter Two is that, despite its length, it fails to earn the "epic" status it so wishes to earn. EDIT
Posted Sep 6, 2019
The Women of Brewster Place (1989) Jourdain Searles A thoughtful meditation on solidarity and the way that oppression can make us tear ourselves apart, but empathy and shared goals can bring us back together. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
School Daze (1988) Jourdain Searles School Daze is a college musical comedy with a conscience; beneath the hijinks lies a bleeding heart for those suffering under apartheid in South Africa. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
Guava Island (2019) Jourdain Searles Guava Island's most damning sin is that it's unconvincing -- both aesthetically and in its assertion of Deni as a selfless, romantic, revolutionary hero. EDIT
Posted Aug 26, 2019
American Factory (2019) Dan Jackson Unsurprisingly, the story soon takes a harsher turn, which Ohio-based filmmakers Steve Bognar and Julia Reichert capture with nuance, compassion, and a finely tuned sense of irony. EDIT
Posted Aug 23, 2019
Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus (2019) Eric Vilas-Boas [It's] the dazzlingly animated space battles, and the firehose stream of gross and morbid humor that make Invader Zim: Enter the Florpus well worth the long, 17 year wait. EDIT
Posted Aug 22, 2019
Adam (2019) Drew Gregory The brilliance of Adam is that it shows these dating microaggressions without forcing a trans character to experience this abuse. Instead in these moments, we get to laugh at the absurdity of these cis people and Adam's cluelessness. EDIT
Posted Aug 16, 2019
Rocko's Modern Life: Static Cling (2018) Eric Vilas-Boas It's as if the creators of this film were dragging nostalgia-obsessed fans into the future, reminding them that culture moves on, with or without them, after catering to them at every opportunity. Whether you join in on the laughter is on you. EDIT
Posted Aug 9, 2019
Enter the Anime (2019) John Maher Enter the Anime is sponsored content winkingly performing cheeky quirk and self-awareness in that it's been promoted as a documentary. It is, undoubtedly, an ad for Netflix anime series. EDIT
Posted Aug 7, 2019
Luce (2019) Jourdain Searles "...Luce is one of the most thoughtful explorations of race, identity, and power in cinema right now." EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
The Red Sea Diving Resort (2018) Dan Jackson The problem... is that it doesn't feel particularly interested in the political intricacies of the situation and it's definitely not interested in presenting the perspective of the Ethiopian refugees with any psychological subtlety. EDIT
Posted Aug 5, 2019
() Brett Smiley Rogan admits early that he's not sober, although he operates in a high gear for a guy who's altered his brain chemistry. EDIT
Posted Jul 29, 2019
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019) Emma Stefansky Most of the time it works, especially during its funnier moments -- and this movie is very funny. EDIT
Posted Jul 26, 2019
Jimmy Carr: Funny Business (2016) Brett Smiley He's vulgar, lean, and British -- basically the anti-Jim Gaffigan. It's mostly funny, but occasionally the vulgarity seems designed only to be vulgar, rather than to draw laughs. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Jeff Foxworthy And Larry The Cable Guy: We've Been Thinking... (2016) Brett Smiley It's pretty much what you'd expect from the pair, which is great if that's what you want; otherwise, not much you haven't seen before. EDIT
Posted Jul 18, 2019
Gabriel Iglesias: I'm Sorry For What I Said When I Was Hungry (2016) Brett Smiley Using a range of sounds and expressions, the comedian is like a one-man, live version of a Simpsons episode. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Anjelah Johnson: Not Fancy (2015) Brett Smiley The crowd seems to enjoy her and maybe she's your cup of coffee, but this show went down like decaf. EDIT
Posted Jul 17, 2019
Russell Peters: Notorious (2013) Brett Smiley Peters' accents and delivery are great... Most of the set you'll want to see his fastball; instead, he keeps throwing junk. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Russell Peters: Almost Famous (2016) Brett Smiley Peters is a seriously funny dude and talented accent artist, but his material in this special does a disservice to his capacity as a performer. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Michael Che Matters (2016) Brett Smiley In this November 2016 special, the comic cleverly covers a range of social and political issues, like gun control, homophobia, and President Trump. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Cedric The Entertainer: Live From The Ville (2016) Brett Smiley Overall, it's an entertaining (get it?!) hour as the veteran comic/actor twirls riffs on Hollywood weight loss, attempting to decipher Snapchat, and Barack Obama's last days in office. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
I'm Brent Morin (2015) Brett Smiley This is self-deprecating comedy at its best. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Neal Brennan: 3 Mics (2017) Brett Smiley It's raw, different, and brave. EDIT
Posted Jul 16, 2019
Make Happy (2016) Brett Smiley Heavy on the song shtick, it's a "very planned, to the word, to the gesture" show, as Burnham puts it. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Dana Carvey: Straight White Male, 60 (2016) Brett Smiley The Saturday Night Live alum looks a lot like Shaggy and is just as funny as when you saw him last, whenever that was. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Bill Burr: You People Are All the Same (2012) Brett Smiley In a packed house at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, Burr pushes the crowd's comfort levels with topics some comedians would consider untouchable. It's like an hour-plus therapy session, but with booze instead of a co-pay. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Tom Segura: Mostly Stories (2016) Brett Smiley The pot-bellied father-to-be jokes about obese people and his aversion to becoming the "fat dad." He's cynical, curious, and a bit twisted in this 75-minute installment of stories. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Demetri Martin: Live (At the Time) (2015) Brett Smiley Martin is like a comic IV with a steady drip of one-liners that bounce around topics. [Drip] fajitas! [Drip] No. 1 pencils!... Soft-spoken and dry, he's like a young Steven Wright who can also whip out a guitar and harmonica before it's all said and done. EDIT
Posted Jul 15, 2019
Crawl (2019) Emma Stefansky Crawl demands your respect for its antagonists: as soon as the water reaches your knees, humans are no longer the apex predators. Survival merely boils down to how well you can sneak by. EDIT
Posted Jul 13, 2019
() Brett Smiley Cinco might be Gaffigan's fifth-funniest special. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
() Brett Smiley Noah is at his best when conversing between a pair of characters he's playing, like when Nelson Mandela trains a young Barack Obama on how to speak like a future black president. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Colin Quinn: The New York Story (2016) Brett Smiley It's conversational, authentic, and funny, in Quinn's typical style. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Chelsea Peretti: One of the Greats (2014) Brett Smiley Peretti delivers solid observational humor punctuated with even better timing. EDIT
Posted Jul 12, 2019
Anthony Jeselnik: Thoughts and Prayers (2015) Brett Smiley On stage, Jeselnik is an unapologetically offensive jerk. Maybe in real life, too -- but on stage, the hostility is so offensive it's funny. If you're down for vulgar that borders on obnoxious, look no further. EDIT
Posted Jul 11, 2019
Bill Burr: Walk Your Way Out (2017) Brett Smiley It's classic Burr, full of rage, exasperation, and that kind-of-deranged look on his face. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Mike Birbiglia: Thank God for Jokes (2017) Brett Smiley A self-described "niche" brand, Birbiglia ambles around the stage and lands almost every joke while discussing "late people" versus "on-time people," the challenge of scratching an itch while handcuffed, and how he became a Muppets villain. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Patton Oswalt: Talking for Clapping (2016) Brett Smiley The veteran tells the tale of the worst set he ever had, in Roanoke, Virginia in 1990. It's mostly been up from there, as the jovial-while-enraged Oswalt explains with a gift for storytelling and relatable punch lines. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Hannibal Buress: Comedy Camisado (2016) Brett Smiley Comedy Camisado isn't Buress at his finest, but a misplaced jab from Hannibal still delivers a good punch. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
David Cross: Making America Great Again (2016) Brett Smiley The show has its moments, but overall Cross meanders, and some of his darkness doesn't quite land with the audience. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
John Mulaney: The Comeback Kid (2015) Brett Smiley The nonthreatening, paper-thin pushover (his own characterization) gave himself a tough act to follow after his fantastic 2012 special, New in Town. But Mulaney comes through in the hour-long Comeback. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
Bill Burr: I'm Sorry You Feel That Way (2014) Brett Smiley This is the definitive Bill Burr Netflix special. Reaching peak cynicism in a black-and-white picture, Burr covers political correctness, violence, and letting go of religion... like a curling stone. EDIT
Posted Jul 10, 2019
() Brett Smiley Even with B material he's an A performer on subjects like the failures of salad and vegetables, being single, and text messaging. EDIT
Posted Jul 9, 2019
Anima (2019) Dan Jackson [Anima's] an often exhilarating combination of physical comedy, dystopian paranoia, and tender romance. EDIT
Posted Jul 8, 2019